Hi All -
In a continued effort to get off our old code, we'd love for you to check out the new look to our city category pages (desktop, mobile and tablet)! For example:
Bangkok Warnings and Dangers - Bangkok Warnings and Dangers
Paris Things to do
Paris Things to Do
New York City Restaurants - New York City Restaurants
We've also added a new header to these pages as well as updated the header to the tip group pages and single tip pages. You will find this works on all devices. If you encounter any errors or bugs, please let us know!
We'd love to hear your thoughts!
I have been collecting old travel guidebooks since the 1960s. In those early days, I limited myself to spending no more than £1 per book - it was a lot of money for a teenager in those years. Once, I saw a pre-WW! copy of Baedekers Guide to Russia, priced £5. I did not/could not buy it (without bankrupting myself). Today, you would get no change out of £550 if you wanted to buy one. It's too late to regret not having broken my £1 rule.
Is there anything that you wished you had bought, but now cannot for any reason (not just price)?
PS by way of compensation, i did pick up a copy of Baedeker's Egypt (pre WW2, not a facsimile) for 30 pence. Now, you would have to spend at least 300 times this amount to get an original!
Is there something that you can't do that almost everyone else can do?
I will start.
I can't burp.
What to do about those of us who enjoy alternatives to a hotel? I stayed in an Airbnb last week. Sometimes I'm in a flat or cottage or B&B. I know the advertising support for VT isn't there, but some of us are not fans of big hotels and chain businesses.
2 days since I'm back from United States. Enjoyed my stay there, I know I will be back. But that's another story.
Well, Americans are known as very friendly nation, I confirm that, but that's also another story.
What really kept and keeps surprising me in Americans, up to stunning, is their 'cold-resistance', if can say so.
Lol, imagine, me, walking in polo and warm jacket, and long jeans trousers, and locals wandering in shorts & T-shorts, and girls in topics. I was clinging teeth when just looking at that. And not that they looked like people who just took wrong cloth by mistake and feel cold. NOWAY. They were relaxed and it was clear that they felt absolutely comfortable with that.
Americans, do you ever feel cold, lol ? does this notion exist for you ? if so, tell me how you manage that, I want to know, I feel envious, really !
Not much to say, the picture tells all.
Friiidaaayyyy!! Pub is open, and today's pubjoke: "I don't approve of political jokes...I've seen too many of them get elected."
With that I hereby declare the pub a political free zone.
Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.
I changed my password to "incorrect". So whenever I forget what it is, the computer will say "Your password is incorrect".
Got any more funny jokes?
We have great wine sold all over EU and some parts of ex-CCCP, it's being called "California Ruby Cabernet".
The usual price is ca. $2 - $2.5. The wine is made by Gallo winery in California.
Right now I am in the States and I cannot find anything even close to that, neither in price, nor in (lack of) sugar.
The selection of non-sugar-daddy wines (for under $15) is quite limited and pretty much nothing local.
Last time (shame on me!) bought a Barefoot wine in France. That wine got a gazillion of gold medals, the price is very competitive and it is absolutely drinkable.
I can't find that Barefoot variety American wine in America... crazy.
Instead, all Barefoot sold here is super-sweet, basically undrinkable.
Can't wait to go back and get the real stuff... for reasonable price ;-)
Often we eat things in restaurants that we would like to try making at home. Sometimes waiters or even the cooks come to our table and describe the recipe, or try to describe it. Very occasionally, relying on this advice alone, we have managed to reproduce the dish in question. Usually, we have to resort to assistance from cookbooks. Recently in Berat (Albania), we were told exactly how to make a certain kind of 'qofte' (meatball), and the cook's recipe worked perfectly at home,
What is your experience?
Sorry, I went to edit this post and accidentally deleted it so trying again…
Our Sunday issue of the Star Tribune had an article about our larger cousin, Trip Advisor, and its booking site, Viator, dropping tickets sales for certain attractions in which "travelers come into physical contact with captive wild animals or endangered species, including but not limited to elephant rides, petting tigers, and swim with dolphin attractions." As Viator is a booking site for VT as well, I am assuming this is a win-win for all.
Along with discontinuing ticket sales, they're also initiating an educational portal which "will provide links and information on animal welfare practices, helping travelers to write more informed reviews about their experience, and to be aware of opinions that exist on the conservation implications and benefits of some tourism attractions"
This will not eliminate reviews from their members who visit such attractions but those will be marked with an icon that links to the portal.
Here's TA's full press release for those interested:
There's a nice plug for http://animalsaustralia.org on VT's FB page ("Ride Bikes, Not Elephants"), and we have members who've worked hard to educate about and dissuade from visiting attractions which are unhealthy/abusive for our finned/feathered/furry/footed friends so I'm sure this is welcome news for them as well the critters!
My photo has been entered in a contest on Tripmaster hoping to generate enough votes. I'm not sure if it is proper to post here, if not, please feel free to remove.
It is one of my all time favorite photos of Grand Teton which I've ever taken and I've been proud to see it displayed prominently on VT's home page.
any member can arrange a meeting in bangkok because i am visiting bangkok from 16-10-2016 to 23-10-2016
please reply me now
we last month spent a week in koh samui , during that week i went to a massage room a short walk away from the peace resort where we stayed , the woman called "ann" sorted my back and chest and i want to thank here , the massage room was right next door to the Pizza 1112 shop i wonder if anybody knows it and can give me a name or email so i can thank her
Our company has attempted to add our business to your website several times. Over the past year or so our advertising folks have come in and added it, I've seen it, and now its gone (again). Wondering exactly what the procedure is for adding a transportation company to this website and allowing it to gather reviews? We are from Jacksonville, we see only three companies listed, one company is actually listed itself as the Jacksonville Airport, when in fact it is a transportation company, how funny. We just want to list our company as a service here to visiting customers. Is this a public site or not? Is there a procedure, a link, something that we should be referring to? Please advise. Thanks.
Bravo to Bob Dylan, for receiving the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Well deserved! His words hit the mark and still influence us.
This news really makes me happy!
One big heartfelt THANK YOU, to everybody who stopped at my page yesteday.
Thank you thinking of me on my Birthday, you my VT family made my day even better and more special.
Here is to another year of travelling,I can't wait to meet you all again or for the first time.
Till than keep safe and happy travels to all.
I store all my pictures on an external hard drive after my brother in law had to recover them from my laptop that died back at the beginning of 2015. I also started backing up my current pictures on the cloud and was in the middle of backing the older ones from the external hard when it fell to the floor. It now makes a weird sound and will not allow me to access any of the pictures. I have given the hard drive to my brother in law, but he's been quite busy and unable to take a look at it.
My question is, has any one here had a similar experience? What was the outcome? I'm quite bummed as I had thousands of pictures saved on that external hard drive.
I was just writing some tips and I came upon this sign image which I saw in Canada and just had to take.
What else would a pedestrian be doing only walking? Hangliding perhaps?
Does anyone have anything similar to share? It does not have to be a sign, just anything completely ridiculous.
i would like to go away on vacation in DECEMBER-JANUARY. i can leave as early as DECEMBER 10, 2016 and return at the latest on JANUARY 8, 2017. i would like to go somewhere SUNNY and HOT, preferably with a BEACH, and NOT (TOO) EXPENSIVE. i would be travelling alone. i am not too fussy about the destination, but a basic minimim would be nice. is there a website that has special deals with last-minute deal on 'surprise' destinations? i heard about that some time ago, but i am not sure where. thanks in advance!
p.s. i would be leaving from MONTREAL, QUEBEC.
Came upon this just now. If you look at my Aruba page and videos I kind of did this already, and some TV shows have done bits on the "other" Aruba. I didn't realize Aruba was still having this problem. They should just show them my videos.
But I am glad at least one island is stepping up and trying to get people to venture beyond the results. Though at the same time, I am afraid it might negatively impact and change the traditional lifestyle and culture. One of the things I loved most about Aruba is the fact that most visitors DON'T venture beyond the resorts, so the island has managed to stay authentic, and the islanders haven't adopted a greedy or snobby mentality that you find one some of the other touristy islands.
Though I never realized All Inclusives could impact the rest of the island in a negative way. I kind of see their argument here.
Anyways, what are your thoughts. Is this a good idea? Should tourists venture beyond the resort areas? What kind of impact could it have on the island?
Travelling and taking photographs go hand in hand. We all know there are places where you've never been invited to take pictures, but these days I feel more and more apprehensive about taking pictures in situations that not so long ago wouldn't have seemed a problem. Is it me or does anyone else feel the same?
Hi, Was trying to remove a photo and add another in a travel page.
It aint working as it doesnt allow removing.
The button press to Remove photo doesnt work.
This is from Android, both in Chrome and internet apps.
Hey all. The big downunder Sydney VT Meet is about to set off in a couple of hours with a picnic at the famous Botanical Gardens. We will keep you up to date with what's going on. VA's are ready to cause major disruption as usual :o) In the meantime, here is a little starter photo of Gillian, Colin and Howie hard at work shopping!!! ;o)
Has anybody used them? And if yes, where is their office?
Hi All - In today's release, we made some updates to the Write a Tip process. We have added some explanation about how to write or edit a tip as well as given some guidelines on how to select or add a tip group. We've also made it so that all boxes of copy go toward your character count and not just the first box. Additionally, star ratings are now optional! This new format is currently only available on desktop and tablet. We will be making updates to mobile at a later date.
One thing we are still working on, is adding tip groups that are created immediately to the dropdown. This is a lot harder than you can imagine because these tip groups don't usually get added to our database until the "nightly job." So we are sorting out how we can run that each time a new tip group gets added. You can still add a tip group and immediately write on it, you just wont be able to write another tip on it until the following day. Bear with us as we are trying to solve this problem in the next couple of weeks.
We've also added some new OPTIONAL fields such as admission prices, discounts, and accessibility information. We will be interested to see if members use this. Please know this won't currently be displayed on your pages or in travel guides as we want to make sure this is something members are interested in sharing and users are interested in reading about.
As always, we want to continue to make VT a great user experience so please try out the new process and let us know what you think.
Do you prefer a lot of text, or are you more in to photos?
What are the biggest online casino/betting sites in the Singapore?
Hi Everyone -
We wanted to let you know that in our latest updates today, we have now made your individual tips searchable by google. Not only will your tips still appear on your profile page (for example this page) "But go at sunset....or dawn for solitude" - Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun Tip by Orchid,
but they will now appear in the travel guides and be visible to google. Check out the beautiful new page here if you haven't seen it already.
But go at sunset....or dawn for solitude: Temple of the Dawn - Wat Arun Bangkok,
What does this all mean?
These pages, what we are calling Single Tip page, are created if and only if your tip belongs to a tip group. So if you look for your tip in the beautiful new travel guides and don't see it in this new format, it means that your tip doesn't have a tip group. This also means try and come up with a title for your tip that would be something people might google for. We have already added the name of the tip group into the title that google sees for example this page that I included above, google would see TEMPLE OF THE DAWN - WAT ARUN TIP: But go at Sunset or dawn for solitude. This means that once this page gets put into google's index (memory, database), someone searching for Temple of the Dawn at Sunset or some other structure of the search phrase, could now land on this page! Currently google only shows results for VT by tip group. So Temple of the Dawn. If this tip didn't belong to the Temple of the Dawn tip group, that would not happen.
We know there has been some frustration as of late with how hard it has become to write a tip. That is not our intention. And we are hoping to get some new features out either tomorrow or Monday that will help to make it an easier process. But please know that we are doing this to try and make the site better and get more page views to your pages.
We appreciate all of you who have stuck with us through this process. And especially to all those members who have volunteered their own time to help other members who may have gotten stuck with the process. Know that we are continually making improvements to make the site the best it can be.
Let me address a few questions I am sure will come up.
1. When on the single tip page, click on the member photo to see all location tips from that member.
2. We are not yet showing the "attraction" in the map on these pages, but just the city center. We are working on highlighting in the map where the attraction is that you are reading about.
3. If you dont see a map on that page, it's because we dont have a lat/long for that location where the tip group is. Please send a message to email@example.com so we can get a lat/long added.
4. We are adding a "add to trip planner" link to the single tip page in an upcoming release, either Thursday or Monday.
5. These pages are responsive, meaning they look just as great on mobile as they do on desktop so make sure to check it out.
As always, we appreciate your feedback and look forward to bringing you more great new features soon!
Who is a travel editor; here on VT I mean. I' ve spotted this thing a few minutes ago....